Nationwide Cars Blog

BMW 1 Series: Specs, Models and Features

The BMW 1 Series is one of the most popular choices in the BMW range - and there is good reason for this. Here at Nationwide Cars, we have outlined everything you need to know about the BMW 1 Series.

How To Pack Your Car For Holiday

Going on holiday is exciting, but planning the logistics of the trip can be difficult. The stress usually begins when organising luggage and packing your clothes. If you’re travelling by car for your holiday, things can become even more complex.

Road Trip: Top 10 Tips

Road trips are a fun and exciting way to travel around the country with your close friends without breaking the budget. Aside from creating the perfect road trip playlist on Spotify, there are some essentials that need to be organised before you set off. Check out our Top 10 Road Trip Tips.

What You Should Do If You Breakdown on the Motorway

Although motorway driving is a great way to reduce journey time, it can be incredibly dangerous. High speeds, bad weather, and irresponsible drivers are just some of the issues we can face when travelling around our nation’s roads. Check our list to see what you should do if you breakdown on the motorway.

Top 5 Cars for Graduates

After graduating, it’s likely that you will be starting to think about the next stages of your life. This may involve embarking on a job search to find a suitable career for your degree. Check out our top picks.

Things To Check Before Buying A Used Car

Buying a used car is great for saving money especially with the high prices of buying the equivalent newer model. It remains a popular route for car buyers with nearly 8 million used cars sold in 2018. Read through out

5 Comfortable Cars for Long Journeys

For the majority of us, long car journeys are part of everyday life. If you are one of the millions driving across the country to make a living, you will want a car that is not only reliable and cheap to run, but equally stylish and allows for a comfortable journey. See which cars make our list.

Best Cars for Older Drivers

It’s often hard to know where to start looking when it comes to purchasing a new car; here’s a lot of factors to take into consideration to ensure that you are buying the right car for you. This guide highlights five vehicles currently on the market that are considered to be the best vehicles for older drivers.

Top 5 Most Fuel Efficient Cars

If you’re buying a new car, fuel efficiency is a major factor to consider. With fuel prices ever increasing and added certainty around both petrol and diesel, you’ll want to ensure you are getting the most economical car for you.

New Year Resolutions For You and Your Car

Although we’re well and truly into the new year, it’s not too late to commit to a few resolutions to help drive you through the coming months. We believe that one of the best New Year promises you can make is to not only take better care of yourself, but also your car.

Our Top 10 Vans in 2018

With the new year a time for renovation and change, why not check out our top picks for vans in 2018? From Mercedes to Mitsubishi, we surfed through our collection of highly advanced and reliable vehicles to find the best makes and models for you.

What is WLTP?

During 2018 and 2019, two new rigorous emissions tests are being introduced to provide vehicle buyers with more realistic information on the pollution that is created by cars and vans via their fuel or energy consumption. The new WLTP and RDE tests give consumers a more accurate test figure for every model variant of vehicle. Find out more about these new tests and what they mean for you as a driver.

5 Reasons to Buy a Hybrid

Hybrid cars have been on the market for a while now. While they have seen an increase in popularity, the overall figures fall short of traditional petrol or diesel car sales. With this increasing demand for hybrid cars, find out the five reasons why so many people have begun to make the switch.

The Best Hybrid Cars in 2018

At Nationwide Cars, we offer a vast range of speciality cars to help find the perfect one for you and with an increasing amount of Hybrid cars on the market, they are quickly becoming a mainstream alternative to conventional petrol and diesel models.

Get Your Car Winter Ready

As the Winter Season begins to kick in with minus temperatures and treacherous weather conditions, it’s essential to ensure that your car is ready to take on any challenges you may face on the roads.

What Does the Petrol and Diesel Ban Mean for Cars?

In July 2017, the British government announced that all new petrol and diesel cars will be banned in the UK from 2040. This was all part of the government’s £3bn clean air strategy to tackle emissions.

The Best Convertible Cars in 2018

With summer of 2018 drawing to a close, now’s a great time to reflect on the world of motors, and more specifically, the world of convertibles. This summer has been one of the hottest on record, and so it was a great time to be owning either a hardtop or soft top convertible.

Van Driver Safety Tips For Your Commercial Vehicle

A commercial vehicle is an important asset for many businesses. For this reason, it is important for you as a driver to feel that you, your tools and equipment are safely stored within the vehicle. We have compiled our top tips for van safety, so that you can keep your commercial vehicle secure at all times.

The Most Desirable Features in a Car

If you’re looking to buy a car for yourself, a family car or a vehicle that means business, there’s a lot to consider. From accident avoidance systems to extra storage space and heated seats, there are many features people look for when they’re buying a car. In this article, we’ve taken a look at the most desirable features.

10 Tips for Driving at Night

Driving in the dark can often be a little daunting, with some streets dimming street lights after a certain hour, and some drivers taking more risks on darker roads. There’s nothing quite like having someone else’s high beams dazzling your eyes, but beyond the things that cause perpetual annoyance, few realise how dangerous driving at night can actually be.

The Ford Transit Custom vs. The Volkswagen Transporter

To help you get the van that’s perfect for you, we’ve compared two of the market’s leading van models - the Ford Transit Custom and the VW Transporter - and broken things down for you spec by spec to give you the best insight into each van and help you make an informed decision.

The Essential Car Maintenance Guide

Performing basic car maintenance on your car will reduce your chances of breaking down, increase the likelihood of passing your MOT and prolong the life of your car. Follow our essential car maintenance guide and you’ll be making sure that your car is always in optimum condition.

Child Car Safety in the UK

When purchasing a new car, you may not have considered the safety that that car may provide your child. Did you know that not all cars are actually suited to fitting child safety chairs? When you’re travelling with a child in the car, you must ensure you have the correct car seat and restraint in order to protect young ones, especially babies. Find out more.

Cars to Buy if You’ve Just Passed Your Test

Are you a first time driver looking for a new car? Then take a look at our list of cars, perfect for new drivers who have just passed their test. Choose from cheap insurance cars, low road tax cars, and fuel-efficient vehicles. Discover the range of cars you could be driving away with.

Britain's Being Caught Short With Broken Back Lights

It has been revealed today that the UK are needlessly being caught out by police for broken car back lights. All policing constabularies within the UK were asked how many Fixed Penalty Notices and Roadside Prohibition Notices they had given out during the 1st November 2016 to 31st October 2017. From the 29 police forces who answered the request, there were 8,323 Fixed Penalty Notices and Roadside Prohibition notices issued.

Cash Payments vs. Finance: Which is Best?

When it comes to buying a vehicle, whether it’s a large 4x4 family car, a sleek urban motor or a commercial business van, more often than not, people's’ number one concern is the cost of the vehicle. Cars are by no means cheap. Due to this, there are a number of plans and payment methods available for you to choose from. But which one is really providing you with the best value?

The Top 5 Vans For Your Business

A van is not a luxury; it is a commodity for many businesses up and down the nation. A van is much like a car - a trusty companion that you can rely on for long and short journeys, and is able to transport numerous objects and items for you, whether big or small. However, not all vans are as good as they seem at first glance.

What Licence Do I Need to Drive a Van?

When it comes to driving on the roads, there’s a number of documents you need to have on your person at all times. Not only do you need your vehicle’s registration and proof of motoring insurance, but you also (of course) need your driver's license.

What Should You Always Keep in Your Car?

To help you always be prepared and ready for whatever life may throw at you, we’ve created the ultimate car survival checklist, complete with everything that you’ll need to help you along the road should you ever find yourself in a jam.

Quick Ways to De-Ice Your Car

Winter gives many car owners a sense of pride as the days shorten and temperatures dip. There is no standing in the cold waiting for public transport, you have your own private heat source, and - in the case of 4x4 owners - ease of travel with your all wheel drive system.